The buzz on the SA blogosphere

We’ve added more graphing on’s search results. It tracks activity of search keywords over a 30-day period and then graphs the buzz. These are new graphs we added together with the others launched on overall blogosphere trends and individual blogger profiles on top posts etc…

Here are the results of some tests I did…

This is of the 27 Dinner blogger event in Johannesburg. You can see a spike on 28 March where bloggers blogged about the event the next day — unless you were a psycho and blogged it late that evening on the 27th.

Then we have April Fool’s day and clearly there was a bit of buzz on 31 March, then more on the day itself and then a bit afterwards on April 2.

Here is the graph around Bob Woolmer’s death. You can see a spike for the initial news and the immediate aftermath where there is speculation and as police announce it was a murder investigation.

Here is one i did of a search on FNB. I am guessing the spikes there are to do with the online banking changes which many bloggers were dissatisfied with.

And then… to amatomu itself — this graph appears to show fairly accurately the buzz around the Amatomu launch. According to the graph Amatomu has had 81 mentions so far in about 17 or so days (Amatomu not yet 30 days old), accurately portraying the story broke by Tyler Reed on March 20 and ensuing buzz over the next few days. The other spikes probably represent crits by bloggers and responses to new features such as the categories, Quirk’s widget and badges.

Hopefully we we’ll be able to add a yearly graph in the future which will show the buzz over a year. Please check it out for yourself and let us know if you find any anomalies. The graphs still need some fine tuning. They should also get better as we improve the search algorithms. They should also get more representative as more bloggers join amatomu and contribute their posts and collective insights.

Let us know what you think!!! 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. Tyler wrote::

    This proves Amatomu is South Africa’s Technorati, great job guys. 🙂

    Friday, April 6, 2007 at 10:07 am #
  2. matt wrote::

    thanks dude.

    Friday, April 6, 2007 at 12:11 pm #
  3. hash wrote::

    I love these graphs. They’re sharp as hell.

    Friday, April 6, 2007 at 3:38 pm #
  4. Matt wrote::

    Thanks Hash — yes, still need some fine-tuning and search needs some work, but in essence the graphs show the buzz… the next thing will be to plot the buzz over a year and identify key news events where there are spikes… also would be nice to look at certain keywords graphed comparatively…

    Lots more to come!

    Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 12:24 am #

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